2014-07-17 / News

Co-parenting series set at tribal center

MANISTIQUE – Michigan State University Extension Nutrition and Health Educator Tracie Abram and Sault Tribe Binogii Placement Agency Parent Educator Stacy King will be teaming up to teach a coparenting educational series – “G’daa Minobimaadzimi - We Should Live Well Together”. The educational series will begin Aug. 7, and will meet every Thursday for sixteen consecutive weeks.

The series will take place at the Manistique Tribal Center’s Activity Room located on U.S. Hwy 2, just east of Manistique, from 12 – 2 p.m.

The series is open to anyone who is a Native American parent or is involved in the lives of Native children or any parent interested in learning co-parenting Native American strategies. There is no cost to attend. Minimum class size is six participants and maximum is twenty.

The goal of the series is to:

•help parents establish a positive co-parenting relationship that enables them to work together in raising their children

•prepare parents to set goals to promote and create healthy future for their children

•to ensure the on-going and sustained involvement of both parents, whenever possible, in their children’s lives

•to help parents have adequate resources to create a healthy environment for their children

•prepare parents to make healthy decisions (with their children’s best interest in mind) about their romantic and couple relationships

•to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to incorporate traditional practices into their parenting

Some of the themes discussed are: family goal setting, kinship and family roles, honoring and strengthening the family, importance of elders and mentors, stress and balance, identifying conflict and harmony, supporting children, money management and budgeting, reducing expenses and increasing income, interviewing and job skills, honoring children, traditional parenting, positive discipline, respectful and healthy relationships, equitable and nonviolent relationships, celebrating accomplishments.

Participants will use items from nature to create memory books that reflect life stories and experiences, draw knowledge from traditional stories and quotes, recognize honor and strengthen co-parenting supports, learn techniques for healing from historical trauma, stress, anxiety, conflict and anger, develop skills in traditional parenting, gain ideas and support from peers through the use of on-going talking circles.

For more information about the series, contact Tracie Abram at (906) 586-6001. To register for the series contact, Stacy King at the Manistique Tribal Center at (906) 341-6933. Registration deadline is July 31.

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